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Governor Thomas H. Kean addresses a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature. (Photo: Center for the American Governor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.)

Poll: N.J. Legislature approvals at 47%-38%

By David Wildstein, May 05 2021 1:31 pm

The New Jersey Legislature has an election year overall job approval rating of 47%-38%, down seven points from last year, a Monmouth University poll released today reported.

This is a view of the entire legislature, and not on any individual member of the State Senate or Assembly.

In April 2020, just a month into the global pandemic, the Legislature’s approvals were at 54%-27%.   Gov. Phil Murphy’s approvals soared to 71%.

The 47%-38% rating is for adult New Jerseyans.  Among registered voters, approvals are at 47%-40%.

The current approval numbers are substantially better than September 2019, when the Monmouth poll put the legislature at 32%-45%.  Republicans picked up one Senate seat and two Assembly seats in Murphy’s mid-term election.

Aside from last year, the legislature’s approvals are the highest since January 2014, when the Monmouth poll put them at 46%-35%.

Since 2007, Monmouth polls have typically placed generic legislative approvals in the 20s and 30s.

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